Wildlife articles by Calvin Jones

Wildlife and nature articles by Calvin Jones, founder and managing editor of Ireland's Wildlife.

About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of IrelandsWildlife.com. He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success

Arctic interloper stuns Irish wildlife enthusiasts

The discovery of a bearded seal in the small West Cork town of Timoleague late last week left Irish wildlife enthusiasts stunned, and led to widespread speculation about what it was doing so far south of its Arctic range. If you watch wildlife regularly you learn to expect the unexpected, and yet nature retains an […]

How to see more wildlife

There’s something a little bit special about a wildlife encounter. It taps into a childlike sense of wonder that all too often remains hidden beneath our sensible adult facade. For a brief moment we’re transported to a simpler, more natural world, and reminded of how we fit into it. It’s a thrilling experience, and a […]

Kite Caiman 8×42 Binocular Review

Pros: Solid entry-level binocular that’s comfortable and easy to use. Light, yet robust, this is an easy to handle binocular with good all-round ergonomics. Optically it delivers an impressively bright, sharp image across most of the wide field of view. Neutral colour balance, great contrast and minimal chromatic aberration. Cons: Slight “halo” effect on the periphery […]

Authorities ask for help to contain deadly crayfish plague

Authorities are urging water users on the River Suir to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of Crayfish Plague on the stretch of river downstream of Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir in Tipperary. DNA analysis following the discovery of a large number of dead crayfish in the river earlier this month has confirmed Crayfish Plague as the […]

Gear Review: Rockfish Groundhog Mens Wellington Boot

While you can pick up a perfectly functional pair of wellies for very little outlay, if you’re planning to spend a substantial amount of time in them it’s worth investing a bit extra for comfort, durability and support. That’s exactly what you’re getting when you buy the Rockfish Groundhog.

Wishing you all a WILD St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is, naturally, a special day here in Ireland… and is celebrated by Irish people and people of Irish descent all over the world. And while St. Patrick is perhaps best known for reducing Ireland’s biodiversity (thanks to him we have no snakes in Ireland, after all), let’s not forget that St. Patrick’s […]

Peanuts for peanuts — 30% off — order yours now!

We’ve just heard from our Official Garden Wildlife Partner CJ Wildlife that they’re offering 30% off their premium whole peanuts and 10% off all of their peanut feeders until the end of March. Peanuts are an excellent energy-packed source of nutrition for birds.  With nesting season looming, adult birds need to pack in as much nourishment as possible, […]

The wildlife of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic wildlife Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is about much more than wild scenery and windswept western coastlines. While the world’s longest defined touring route certainly boasts some jaw-dropping vistas, and quintessentially Irish hospitality, the route also offers some of the best coastal and marine wildlife watching opportunities you’ll encounter anywhere. The West Cork stretch of the route, […]

Wildlife Highlights of 2016

2016 was a fantastic year for wildlife on the West Cork stretch of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Calvin Jones takes a look back at some of the highlights…. With 2017 well underway I’m looking forward to the wonderful wildlife encounters the year undoubtedly has in store, but I also can’t help looking back at the […]

New collection of wildlife and nature writing published

Regular readers will know that I’ve been publishing articles profiling Irish wildlife on the back page of one of Ireland’s most popular weekly magazine, Ireland’s Own, since way back in 2001. Over the years I’ve had many letters from readers of the magazine asking if there was anywhere they could buy a collection of these […]

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